24 December 2013

IFLA approves creation of LGBTQ Users SIG

By Joseph HAFNER, Acquisition & Collection Development Section Chair

In December, 2013, the IFLA Professional Committee approved the creation of an Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Users Special Interest Group (LGBTQ) supported by the Acquisition and Collection Development Section.

The description of this new SIG reads as follows:

As part of our professional commitment to provide access to information, librarians are charged to support the full range of users' informational needs including those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people. That said, substantial discussions of issues related to library services for LGBTQ community members have not taken place at IFLA. The LGBTQ Users SIG will address this gap in professional knowledge by offering opportunities to engage in discussions about this often-invisible user group. This SIG will enable librarians to consider topics including professional attitudes, outreach, privacy, programming, and effective practice in acquiring and collecting materials of importance to LGBTQ people and allies. This includes literature, academic texts, materials for LGBTQ youth and families, and other works that encourage thinking critically about issues of sexuality and gender identity. Dialogue to support librarians in addressing concerns raised about LGBTQ library services will also be encouraged within the SIG.

The first open session will take place at IFLA WLIC 2014 in Lyon, France. For full details on its Call for Papers for this session, see the IFLA WLIC 2014 website.

To learn more, see the IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG website, contact ifla.lgbtq@gmail.com, like us on facebook and/or follow us on twitter

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